Azriel wrote:I think with the IB it's gotten to seem like a roleplaying club. I was never a regular poster, but I've been in and out over the years chatting and sometimes RPing. It always seemed odd to me when I went there looking to see what people were chatting about and only found people talking about what they were 'doing' there with the latest bar furniture/servants/additions as opposed to actually having a conversation. Not to say people don't have real conversations there, please don't mistake me. But I would definitely be all for a move away from the first post being so role-play-ey and instead simply being a one-paragraph explanation of "here's a place to chat about anything and have a continuous thread of conversation"
I only looked at the first post in 'The Ivy' for the first time yesterday, to see what all the fuss was about.
Absolutely ridiculous. The list of 'Rules' should be deleted at once - I have never read anything so silly and so potentially off-putting to new members - not to mention plain embarrassing; what's that drivel about 'customers' must ask to be 'served' and wait to be 'served' by one of the 'bartenders' or something?!
At least - it would seem - nobody is trying to enforce these rules, but even so - I'd hate to know what impression of us a newcomer, or browsing guest, would get if they decided to go looking for the most popular thread on the site and dropped into 'The Ivy'...
- New Member: "Hey everyone - I'm new!"
Ivy Poster: "Hey, New Person - Welcome! What are you drinking?!"
New Member: "Nothing actually - I was going to make a coffee..."
Ivy Poster: "Well, pull up a stool and let me draw you an ale!"
New Member: "I'm sorry?"
Ivy Poster: "Or would you like something else? Put something on the Jukebox too if you like!"
New Member: "Something else? 'Jukebox' WTF? Er... yeah... I'll have 'ale'. Say! I'm just going to go to the 'toilet'! BRB!"
Ivy Poster: "The toilet's just to the right of the bar!"
New Member: "kthanxbye!"
New Member is Offline. New Member last visited this site: 7 months ago. Total Posts: 5.
And if they actually read the 'Bar Rules' there'd be ZERO posts, I suspect.
ETA: Perhaps I am being a bit generous and unrealistic with 'New Member's post count - 5 posts on this site as it stands would put 'New Member' near enough squarely in the middle of the memberlist, sorted by posts. That's right - that little exchange above is more posts than over 30 of our ex-RB members have managed to make - including 2 Admins.